I knew I was going to have a very busy schedule once I started with my entrepreneurial journey. But I made a promise to myself to always make time for my own health. I’ve heard way too many stories about entrepreneurs exchanging their health for money. I did not want to make the same mistake.
In this week’s video, I share my exercise routines for 2018.
I’ve had the great fortune of meeting amazing friends that happen to train and box on a regular basis. I have always loved martial arts and self-defense. I got my start in Karate and Arnis when my Dad enrolled me and my younger brother in summer classes. I only did Karate briefly. In my late teens, I took up Taekwondo during one of the longer summer breaks I spent at home in the Philippines. When I returned to Canada, I continued to practice what I learned on my own eventhough I no longer took classes. If you have seen some of my Instagram posts, this will explain those kicking videos.
I also revisited Arnis (Filipino stick fighting) in my early 20’s. But I stopped again mainly because I was shy about practicing outdoors. Passers-by usually gave me either strange or fearful looks.
I started Muay-Thai in Atlanta in 2012. I immediately fell in love with it and enjoyed the training. I was set to participate in my first amateur fight until an old knee injury reared its ugly head 2 weeks before the big day. Disappointly, I had to sideline myself at the advice of my coach and doctor. I actually had to get a second knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. And my girlfriend at the time warned me that she’d leave me if I went back to Muay-Thai training after my surgery. I stopped my training because I loved her more than I did Muay-Thai,
In 2017, I picked up boxing through local friends in Australia. My boxing skills have always been lacking. So it has been a great and fun learning experience for me. I’ve had to adjust my movement and stance. Needless to say, I have been having fun combining different elements of the martial arts I’ve learned over the years. I have also enjoyed picking up my kicking skills and techniques again. I’m super keen to get into wrestling or Jiu-jitsu. If my schedule allows it, I’ll be picking it up hopefully this year as well.
Basketball has been a big part of my life and a big part of Filipino culture in general. When I was growing up, almost all the kids played basketball. I actually injured my knee during an intramural basketball game while I was at the University of Florida. I tore my acl and my meniscus. I received arthroscopic surgery to repair the acl. For some reason, the surgeon decided not to repair the meniscus. This led to my on-going knee pain even after my full recovery. I aggravated the meniscus tear during the intense Muay-Thai training I was doing, hence a second surgery as mentioned above.
I found my love for salsa in Brisbane. I started about 3 years ago and have been enjoying the process of learning and social dancing. It has been a great channel for me to build my social circle and actually improve my appreciation of Brisbane. I think I would have left Brisbane had I not met my current friends through Salsa. I am currently taking a break from Salsa mainly due to schedule conflicts. I also wanted a shift in focus back to martial arts for 2018. So no salsa lessons or performances for now. I still go to socials when I can.
Health & Fun
I was always somewhat bored of going to the gym and lifting weights. I enjoy gym time in general but have found it a bit of a chore. But I have fun at boxing, basketball or salsa. So fitness has become more of a fun activity for me. Sometimes I feel tired and lazy but most days I look forward to these activities.
As I am getting older, I am also being careful about my movements and how much I push myself. I’ve been injured before. It’s not fun. So I focus on functional workouts and movements. I try to take a wholistic approach to exercise and try to make sure I don’t neglect smaller muscle groups. The human body is a system after all.